The best books about following your dreams

Dominic Anglim Author Of Tojo's Dream
By Dominic Anglim

Who am I?

When I left school at 18, I initially studied computers and French, because it was deemed the best way to get a ‘proper’ job. I then spent my 20’s working in various sales jobs. By 29, I was burnt out. I felt empty. Something was missing in my life. I wasn’t following my passions. I had grown up wanting to be on stage, to act, to sing, to dance, and to perform. The end of one stage of my life was the beginning of another. I changed course and began to listen to my heart and work full time as a performer. I hope you enjoy the books I’ve chosen, they all helped me to believe in myself, listen to my inner voice, and to dream again.


I wrote...

Tojo's Dream

By Dominic Anglim, Marta Magnuska (illustrator),

Book cover of Tojo's Dream

What is my book about?

Follow the story of Tojo, an Aye-Aye lemur on the island of Madagascar. Tojo dreams of one day being a professional ballet dancer, but his friends have other ideas. Will Tojo listen to them or follow his heart?

My book is about having the courage to follow your own path and listen to your inner voice. When I was younger I wanted to do drama and performance, but spent a lot of time playing soccer instead. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I found the courage to go my own way and start acting.

The books I picked & why

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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho,

Book cover of The Alchemist

Why this book?

This is a story that makes you think about where you are in life and question if you’re on the right path for you. I first read this book in 1998 when I had just started college, I was studying applied languages and information technology when in fact, I wanted to study the arts. I love the simplicity of the storyline, this story taught me to listen to my heart and follow my own path. It helped me to overcome self-doubt and gave me the courage to study theatre and belief that I could be a writer.


Manifest Your Destiny: Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

By Wayne W. Dyer,

Book cover of Manifest Your Destiny: Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

Why this book?

This book changed the way I was living my life. It literally changed the words I used to speak about my future plans/goals and made me want to dream big. It leads you to make the connection between what we think and what shows up in our lives. This was an epiphany moment for me. That, we are, who we spend time with, the books we read, and the TV we watch. And thus, the people around us become mirrors of ourselves. It made me examine my thoughts on a minute-to-minute basis and ultimately start living in the present moment. It introduces you to the benefits of daily gratitude and of being of service to others.


The Power Is Within You

By Louise L. Hay,

Book cover of The Power Is Within You

Why this book?

I’m my own biggest critic and sometimes get caught up in doing what I think others expect me to do, rather than listening to my own inner voice and following my dreams. Louise Hay’s writing is a ray of light and breath of fresh air to me. The Power is Within You is such an inspirational and nurturing book, that you can read over and over again. It taught me how to love, accept and trust myself. Packed full of positive affirmations to silence those negative thoughts about ourselves, that I think we all experience from time to time. Louise also talks about the power of practicing gratitude which I’ve found to be life-changing.


The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle,

Book cover of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Why this book?

There are points in every day, where I have to check myself and remind myself to get into the present moment again. The Power of Now taught me how to do that and made me realise how much time I spent thinking in the future and the past tenses. It also introduced me to the concept of the ego. Something which I was totally unaware of, in the bigger sense and meaning of the word. The value of letting go of the ego and how to quiet the mind.


Down and Out in Paris and London

By George Orwell,

Book cover of Down and Out in Paris and London

Why this book?

This is one of my all-time favourite books because of how it was written. This book inspired me to be a writer. I read it while doing my erasmus in France where I was working as a waiter in a motel. My working hours were long, like in the book and I really got a sense of the struggle George went through in pursuit of his dream to write. It built into me a resilience that I would one day write something of worth that would be read by others and hopefully instill resilience into them.


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